Thursday, October 13, 2016

10 Confessions from Author Mark Connelly

Today's guest is Mark Connelly, author of the fiction/satire, Wanna-be’sMark was born in Philadelphia and grew up in New Jersey.  He received a BA in English from Carroll College in Wisconsin and an MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  His books include The Diminished Self: Orwell and the Loss of Freedom, Orwell and Gissing, Deadly Closets:  The Fiction of Charles Jackson, and The IRA on Film and Television.  His fiction has appeared in The Ledge, Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Milwaukee Magazine, and Home Planet News.  In 2014 he received an Editor’s Choice Award in The Carve’s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest; in 2015 he received Third Place in Red Savina Review’s Albert Camus Prize for Short Fiction. His novella Fifteen Minutes received the Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2005. You can connect with Mark on Facebook and Twitter.  Mark is here to share his 10 confessions!

1.       I stumble through life more than my fall guy hero Winfield Payton.

2.      I tried to be as politically incorrect as I could in this book.
3.      I envisioned this as an HBO series with each chapter forming an episode – glad the first person who reviewed Wanna-be’s had the same idea.
4.      I stole the name of Dr. Veraswami from George Orwell’s Burmese Days – a tribute to a favorite author.
5.      Barbie Monreal is based on an ex-girlfriend.
6.      Sadly, the bar called The Black Shamrock no longer exists.
7.      This book is about wanna-be’s, people who fake it trying to make it.  I set it in Milwaukee because the bar is so low.  To call yourself an intellectual in New York you have to write a book.  In Milwaukee you just have to read one.
8.      I live in a converted brewery.
9.      Like my hero Winfield, I peddle book ideas at the MLA convention with the fury of a Kirby vacuum cleaner salesman facing eviction.
10.  I play the Irish card whenever it helps.

About the Book:

With his new girlfriend – a soccer mom with a taste for bondage – urging him to “go condo,” failed screenwriter Winfield Payton needs cash. Accepting a job offer from a college friend, he becomes the lone white employee of a black S&L. As the firm’s token white, he poses as a Mafioso to intimidate skittish investors and woos a wealthy cougar to keep the firm afloat. Figure-skating between the worlds of white and black, gay and straight, male and female, Jew and Gentile, Yuppie and militant, Payton flies higher and higher until the inevitable crash. . .

Praise for Wanna-be’s:

This book right here! What can I say about Winfield he the most unlucky pasty or most unlikely fall guy...what a schmuck...I laughed so hard at this,for this guy....with this guy....every character described in this book will immediately remind you of a real life joker in the in the 24 hour news cycle on all of the Major networks and cable television channels regurgitating skewed facts benefiting them and lining their's hip and fresh writing which could easily become a HBO series....or Starz..maybe..anyway get this book....I laughed so hard...almost popping my recent stitches from surgery...Mr. Connelly...thanks for making my recuperation fun...this book is not for the faint of heart..or PC sensitive readers...

-- Lynda Garcia Review

For More Information

  • Wanna-be’s is available at Amazon.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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